The government has accepted former conflict of interest commissioner Ted Hughes offer to mediate a dispute between the children and youth representative and the ministry of children and family development. Mr. Hughes - who recommended the creation of the representative's office in 2006 - made that offer in a letter sent to Gordon Campbell yesterday. In the letter, he asked the premier to withdraw legislation would strip the representative of her unrestricted legal right to cabinet documents - or, at the very least, wait until the next sitting of the legislature to pass it. By delaying the amendment, the former conflict of interest commissioner expressed hope the differences between the government and the representative's office could be resolved through mediation. But the government has given Mr. Hughes a tighter timeline - a little over two weeks - to do that work. The following is a complete copy of Mr. Seckel's letter. And you can see for yourself how Children and Family Development Minister Mary Polak handled questions about this latest development.
May 18, 2010